- Tour reference: EKK/CT – 04
- Duration: 13 days
- Places to visit: Peshawar – Khyber Pass – Taxila – Lahore – Uch Sharif – Lahore
- Best season: September – March ( can travel round the year)
Khyber Pass, mountain pass in western Asia, the most important pass connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan. For centuries the Khyber Pass was used by invaders to enter India. During the Afghan Wars the pass was the scene of numerous skirmishes between Anglo-Indian soldiers and native Afghans. The Pass begins about 18km from Peshawar at Jamrud and continues beyond the Pakistani border some 58km further on. As well as its historic importance. The Khyber Pass region is also known as the home of the Pathan people whose tribal culture and moral code has been preserved despite the attempts of foreign invaders and national government.
Multan is known as the ‘City of Saints’. The city is full of bazaars, mosques, shrines and superbly designed tombs. Multan is one of the oldest cities in the Asian subcontinent. It was the capital of Trigarta Empire at the time of Mahabharta war, ruled by the Katoch Dynasty. It has seen a lot of warfare because of its location on a major invasion route between South Asia and Central Asia. It is famous for its Sufi shrines. In the 8th century, Multan was conquered along with Sindh by the army of Muhammad bin Qasim, following bin Qasim’s conquest, the city was securely under Muslim rule, although it was in effect an independent state. Located at the confluence of the Sutlej and Chenab, Uch Sharif is a wonderful tourist destination. Uch Sharif is basically famous for various beautiful shrines and tombs. The beautiful shrines and tombs are what attract many tourists to Uch Sharif. The most elegant building and the prime attraction in Uch is the tomb of Bibi Jawindi Waddi.
The Mughal Empire was an Islamic imperial power of the Indian subcontinent which began in the early 1500s, ruled most of the subcontinent by the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and ended in the mid-19th century. The Mughal Emperors were of Turko-Mongol, later Rajput and Persian, descent, and developed a highly sophisticated mixed Indo-Persian culture. At the height of its power, around 1700, it controlled most of the Subcontinent – extending from present-day Bangladesh in east to Balochistan in west, Kashmir in north to Kaveri basin in south. The last Emperor, Bahadur Shah II, whose rule was restricted to the city of Delhi, was imprisoned and exiled by the British after the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The classic period of the Empire starts with the accession of Jalaluddin Mohammad, better known as Akbar the Great, in 1556, and ends with with the death of Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707, although the Empire continued for another 150 years.
Day 1 Arrive Islamabad drive to Peshawar, transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Day trip to Khyber Pass (subject to permission at the time) & sightseeing Peshawar. Hotel.
Day 3 Drive back to Islamabad, enroute visit Taxila museums and archaeological site. Hotel
Day 4 Fly in the morning to Multan. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sighseeing.
Day 5 Today we drive from Multan to Uch Sharif to visit Shrines, afternoon drive back to Multan, hotel.
Day 6 Morning we drive to Bahawalpur, hotel. Bahawalpur was rebuilt in 1748 by the Nawab and it’s an ideal starting point for safaris into the Cholistan desert.
Day 7 Early morning we carry on by jeep to Fort Abbas and stop en route at Lal Suhanra National Park. Then we proceed to explore Fort Abbas. Hotel.
Day 8 Leave for Lahore via Jhang and Faisalabad. Enroute visit the Tomb of Hazrat Sultan Bahu, the famous Sufi Saint, Hotel.
Day 9 Full day sightseeing at Lahore. Visit Mausoleum of Hazrat Data Ganj Bukhsh (Data Darbar). He was an eminent scholar and author of many books on theology.
Day 10 Transfer to airport for onwards flight.